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Oct 20, 2009

SXCE to OpenSolaris Migration on Sparc

Using some already existing blogs/mail-lists and elbow grease, I've migrated a SPARC server to OpenSolaris from SXCE.

With SXCE EOL coming up fast and the AI not quite up to speed (for this instance at any rate), I've cobbled together and carried out a migration of a Sun e220r sparc box from SXCE.

I used quite abit from Edward Pilatowicz's blog and also Alex Eremin's blog . I altered/diverged to suit my needs as well due to things changing rapidly in OpenSolaris.

I built IPS from the gate, more details on IPS and the mercurial url here: . With that installed proceeded to create an new root pool on a separate disk.

I utilized the following from Edward's blog, where I've diverged/changed I have commented out the original and noted beside my change:

# we're going to do our install in /a

# mount our zpool on /a
mkdir -p $PKG_IMAGE
mount -F zfs rpool/ROOT/opensolaris $PKG_IMAGE
mkdir -p $PKG_IMAGE/opt
mount -F zfs rpool/ROOT/opensolaris/opt $PKG_IMAGE/opt

# create the basic opensolaris install image.
#pkg image-create -F -a $PKG_IMAGE
pkg image-create -f -F -a $PKG_IMAGE # Sparc requires the dev repos
#pkg refresh
pkg -R $PKG_IMAGE refresh --full # We're not clobbering our original or changing it so the next few are mine too
pkg -R $PKG_IMAGE install entire
pkg -R $PKG_IMAGE install SUNWcsd SUNWcs
pkg -R $PKG_IMAGE install babel_install

# seed the initial smf repository
cp $PKG_IMAGE/lib/svc/seed/global.db $PKG_IMAGE/etc/svc/repository.db
chmod 0600 $PKG_IMAGE/etc/svc/repository.db
chown root:sys $PKG_IMAGE/etc/svc/repository.db

# setup smf profiles
ln -s ns_files.xml $PKG_IMAGE/var/svc/profile/name_service.xml
ln -s generic_limited_net.xml $PKG_IMAGE/var/svc/profile/generic.xml
ln -s inetd_generic.xml $PKG_IMAGE/var/svc/profile/inetd_services.xml
ln -s platform_none.xml $PKG_IMAGE/var/svc/profile/platform.xml


After that I finished with:

echo "rpool/ROOT/opensolaris  -  /  zfs  -  no  -" >> $PKG_IMAGE/etc/vfstab

echo "rpool/ROOT/opensolaris/opt  -  /opt  zfs  -  yes  -" >> $PKG_IMAGE/etc/vfstab

devfsadm -r $PKG_IMAGE

bootadm update-archive -R $PKG_IMAGE

installboot -F zfs /platform/$(uname -i)/lib/fs/zfs/bootblk /dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s0


 Copying relevant networking, passwd, ssh keys, etc. files from the running SXCE system to $PKG_IMAGE, I successfully booted to my OpenSolaris install and tweaked from there.

Sep 30, 2009

Toronto Opensolaris @ Linux Fest

Plan to be there!

Hi all,

A heads up: Saturday, 24 October 2009 (plus additional fun stuff on the Friday night previous and Sunday following)
Check out: ; check here: for the directions ; and here for about:
Anyone that plans (or can) to attend this is a very cool event and we, <TOROSUG> will be there. I'd like anyone that has the cycles and can pitch in with us to rsvp me.
Looking forward to this!


Steven Acres
Toronto OpenSolaris User Group <TOROSUG>

Sep 25, 2009

Global OSUG Leaders Conference Call

AKA here comes the Sun

We had a great conference call early this morning. For the OSUG leaders unaware of these calls, here's how it works: We set a date and have 2 calls at different times. We've been rotating these through various times of the day to give leaders in different timezones a chance to chime in. For example, we had today @ at 12am Friday, 2009-09-25 UTC and another at 7am UTC. The call-in numbers (toll-free) are provided by Sun via Teresa Giacomini. We had leaders from Australia, Japan, US, Germany and Canada present. We hold the calls simultaneously with our IRC channel irc:// (which translates to: #opensolaris-ugs on
Discussions have included: topics for group meetings, live video linking between Adelaide and Japan group meetings, ways to promote & build groups, special events and more. Contact me for more info: Steven Acres, [email protected] Join in!